Improve people’s lives, Ramaphosa urges traditional leaders

The deputy president delivered a closing address at the Inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba in Boksburg.

FILE: Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged traditional leaders to make it their central task to improve the lives of the people as the country faces challenging economic times.

Ramaphosa delivered a closing address at the Inaugural Indigenous and Traditional Leaders Indaba in Boksburg.

The indaba discussed issues affecting the important institution of traditional leaders and their communities, as well as the role of traditional leaders in radical economic development and land matters.

The deputy president says traditional leaders must have interests of communities at heart.

“Over the ages, your task has been to advance the lives of our people, to improve their prospects and make sure our communities make progress. Today we are living in challenging economic times.”

Ramaphosa says traditional leaders remain central to the deepening of democracy.

He told the indaba that government is invested in supporting and strengthening the institution of traditional leadership.

“As we navigate our path to economic freedom and nation building, we again humble ourselves before you and we say we would like you to play your role.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)